Applied Osteology


Core Course
Credits: 3
Instructor: TBD

This course will provide a more specialized application to the principles of forensic anthropology through an in-depth look into some of the more common practices of a forensic anthropologist.  Addressing the biological profile, comparative osteology, and unique cases that would involve a forensic anthropologist, the student will gain a better understanding of how osteology is applied in forensic casework.

Prerequisite: Principles of Osteology

Course Objectives:  Upon completion of this course students should be able to:

  • Understand the role a forensic anthropologist plays in a death investigation
  • Identify all major components of the biological profile
  • Understand and explain the methods used to determine each aspect of the biological profile
  • Explain the utility of forensic taphonomy in a death investigation
  • Understand methods of clandestine grave detection and excavation



Week # Module and Topics
1 Module 1: Introduction to Forensic Casework
3 Module 2: The Biological Profile – Sex
5 Module 3: The Biological Profile – Age
7 Module 4: The Biological Profile – Ancestry and “Race”
9 Module 5: The Biological Profile – Stature
10 Module 6: Unique Pathology or Condition
12 Module 7: Forensic Taphonomy
14 Module 8: Clandestine Grave Detection and Excavation
15 Final Exam